Devon Short Break -Sailing & Dartmouth Crab Festival:
Experience the best of Devon onboard a Short Break Cruise.
During this 3 day Devon Coasts and Dartmouth Crab Festival short break cruise you will have the opportunity to enjoy the very best that the South Devon has to offer, from both a sailing and a seafood perspective.
Picture this: blue skies, still waters, the most picturesque views only a stone’s throw from the deck of this beautiful historic vessel that will be your getaway from it all residence for the weekend! What else could be better?
It is a great way to see familiar places from a completely new perspective and is so much more than a boat trip.
During the weekend you will be able to get stuck in and experience at first hand the breathtaking beauty of traditional heritage vessel sailing.
All your freshly prepared meals, snacks and hot and cold drinks are included and as a special treat you will also be able to sample the famous Dartmouth Crab Festival Lunch on shore as part of your experience.
Our Skipper and Crew will be on-hand at all times to ensure that you have a great time!
What to Expect on your Devon Short Break:
Leaving from Brixham which is home port to Pilgrim BM45, you will find Pilgrim moored on the Town Pontoon close to where she was originally built by the Uphams Shipyard in 1895.
No two short break sails are exactly the same. However, this Devon Short Break is scheduled to take us around Berry Head to Dartmouth, with additional sailing on the River dart towards Dittisham and further down the coast towards Slapton Sands, visiting picturesque anchorage points and places of interest along the way.
The Annual South Devon Crab Festival is a local treasure, with all the seafood sensations your taste-buds can handle.
You will be welcomed aboard with refreshments before the usual safety briefings and boat tour to allow you to settle in and find your way around. Once everyone is ready we will set sail and the adventure begins!
Points of Interest during your Devon Short Break Sailing Experience:
As we leave Brixham,be sure to look back at the picture postcard fishing port with pretty colour-washed fishermens cottages rising up around the old harbour. You will also see other heritage vessels and classic sailing boats as well as fishing trawlers in and around the busy harbour. Pilgrim sets sail around Berry Head. This dramatic limestone headland is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty. It is home to a sea bird colony of guillemots, black legged kittiwakes. Kestrels and gulls also make it their home. We are often accompanied by dolphins or porpoises here, so make sure you are up on deck with your camera to get some great shots of the amazing sea life.
Sailing past Berry Head, look for the lighthouse built in 1906 which has the distinction of being the smallest,deepest lighthouse placed at the highest geographical point in the British Isles. Its white light can be seen for 14 nautical miles. Berry Head is also the site of a Napoleonic Fort built between 1794 and 1804. These fortifications were designed to protect Torbay from the French in the days when Torbay was considered a strategic naval anchorage!
Enjoy the seascape and dramatic coastal scenery with interesting rock formations creating rugged limestone cliffs, sandy bays, coastal coves and inlets. We sail past St Marys Bay, a popular caravan holiday destination, the dramatic headland of Sharkham Point and then, hidden from view, the National Trust property of Coleton Fishacre, once the home of the Doyle Cart family.
A ‘Day Mark’ built in 1864 on the eastern side of the estuary helps us identity the River Dart. We then pass the
Mewstone rock just outside the mouth of the river. This is often another spot to see the occasional harbour porpoise, common grey seal as well as cormorants, guillemots, gannets and sea gulls.
A quaint local tradition The Dartmouth Crab Festival boasts fun for all the family, with harbourside hijinx and fishy-festivities to leave your mouth watering for more.To top all that off, you will be treated to a delicious dressed crab lunch hosted by Mitch Tonks‘ Rockfish on Dartmouth’s idyllic seafront at the Crab Street Party on Sunday 6th August, 12-4pm. The event will include stalls of beautifully cooked crab and a fantastic party environment, live music and fun to be had like only a Dartmouth festival can provide.
As we raise the anchor and sail on, the famous Slapton Sands stretch for 2 miles ahead. In 1944 this was the scene of the infamous Exercise Tiger, involving 30,000 troops, a D Day rehearsal that went badly wrong. A combination of an attack by German E-boats and miss timed friendly fire resulted in the loss of 946 men.
Slapton Ley National Nature Reserve sits behind Slapton Sands and is the largest freshwater lake in the South West and home to both native and migrating birds.
Weather- Wind and Tides!
This is the part of your sailing trip that unfortunately we unable to control! As a result we cannot guarantee that all destinations/experiences referred to in this description will be exactly as stated, however we will always do our upmost to deliver a great experience.
This Devon Short Break Sail has always been popular and promises to leave you with some amazing memories to share when you are back on land!
|Embark/Disembark Location||Brixham – Town Pontoon|
|Embark/Disembark Date||Sat 5th Aug – Mon 7th Aug|
|Embark/Disembark Time||14-00 – 12-00 (noon)|
|Max number of guests||10-12|
|Destination||South Devon Coasts Dartmouth Crab Festival|
|What's Included||√ All onboard refreshments/meals √ Use of onboard safety kit √ Berthing, mooring & fuel costs √ 2 nts. onboard accommodation √ Crab Lunch on Land supplied by Rockfish Restaurants √ Bunk linen (towels by request)|
|What's Not Included||× Wet weather clothing × Travel Insurance × Alcoholic drinks × Car park fees at home port × Cost of on-land transport/meals × Towels for swimming use × Joining or onward travel costs|